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The Care Lab

A new space for exploring artful care and careful art.

The Care Lab

The Care Lab is a new space based in the Whitworth's Collection Care Centre, where you can see how we are caring both for people and our collection.

Newly based in the Whitworth's Collections Care Space, The Care Lab is part of a three-year University of Manchester research project, bringing together arts, health, and social care researchers and practitioners to examine Care Aesthetics – projects of more artful care and careful art.

The Lab hosts practical sessions, conversations, and events with a focus on the importance of care in all our lives. Join us on Thursdays each week and discover this new space, hear from the project team, and ask questions about future plans. See below for the latest events and activities taking place in The Care Lab space.

Upcoming events

Details of future events will be posted nearer the time.

About the Care Lab

The Care Lab is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. For more information on future events and the project, please contact,

For more information on The Care Lab and past events, please go to

The Care Lab is a partnership between the Whitworth, the School of Arts Languages and Cultures, and the School of Nursing and Midwifery (The University of Manchester), Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, and the Department of Psychosocial Studies (Birkbeck, University of London).

Image: The Care Lab, The Whitworth, 2023. (Display window with the quote, 'Care is in everything we do to maintain, continue, and repair our world so that we may live in it as well as possible.' Joan Tronto and Berenice Fisher.) Photo: courtesy of the Whitworth.